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Perinatal Anxiety: How To Manage Antepartum and Postpartum Anxiety

Life transitions can be stressful for anyone, and becoming pregnant and having a baby are some of the most major changes some women experience in their lifetime. From the physical changes your body goes through to the transformation of your life after birth, it can feel impossible to find your bearings when everything in your life (and your body) is constantly shifting. As you prepare for these life-altering experiences, your anxiety is likely to reach its peak. Perinatal anxiety refers to disruptive, excess anxiety in women during pregnancy and up to one year after birth. This can include antepartum anxiety, which occurs during pregnancy, and postpartum anxiety, which begins after childbirth. Some level of anxiousness and anticipation during these major life events is normal. However, perinatal...

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How Is Postpartum Depression Treated? An Integrative Approach to Women’s Mental Health

After bouts of morning sickness, constant fatigue, swelling feet, and heartburn, many women count down the days until their pending due date. While it can be incredibly exciting and surreal to finally hold your baby, approximately 12 to 20 percent of new mothers experience postpartum depression after delivery.   If you have PPD, your symptoms might start to show right after birth, or it may take a couple of weeks or months for them to begin. You may first notice that you don’t feel quite yourself, with lasting feelings of sadness, apathy, and hopelessness. It’s likely you’ll have little motivation to get through the day and lose interest in activities you use to enjoy. You may also notice you have greater difficultly concentrating on tasks, remembering important...

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Anxiety and Depression: Why You Might Need To See a Psychiatrist

Living with anxiety and depression can make every day feel like a huge undertaking. From struggling to get out of bed in the morning to fighting racing thoughts at night, it can feel like you’ll never get a break from your own mind. And even though both depression and anxiety are very common, you may feel alone as you face your daily battle. Everyone experiences moments of sadness and anxiousness in their lives. However, when these feelings linger for long periods of time or are very severe, they can interfere with your quality of life and make you feel hopeless.   If you’ve been living with mental health issues for a long time, it can be easy to get caught in the trap of just trying to...

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Miscarriage: What To Do When You Feel Like Your World Is Ending

If you’ve experienced a miscarriage, we want to start out by saying that you have every right to feel profound grief. It doesn’t matter if you were only a couple of weeks along, no one else knew about your pregnancy, or you didn’t have a name picked out yet. Your pain is valid, even if you feel no one else understands the depth of your loss. For many people, pregnancy loss can seem like a taboo topic. You may feel like the world is crashing down around you while everyone else expects you to pick yourself up and continue moving forward. Friends and loved ones may offer sympathetic words, and while they might mean well, sometimes their “words of advice” can do more harm than good....

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A Take on Olympians and Mental Health

Hearing the word “Olympian” brings up ideas someone resembling a god or infallible force. And, to a certain extent as these athletes at the Olympics showcase their supernatural abilities which are often born from a combination of genetic predisposition and unwavering dedication to their sport. These Olympians are certainly gifted in terms of physical strength and talent and are a cut above the rest of us. Even research support that there are often genetic and physical differences in their anatomy but while we have been so focused on their physical abilities, until recently there was very little discussion about mental health. Athletes Face Massive Pressure Everyone is susceptible to mental illnesses, and these athletes are no different. Even though the mental health topic is considered taboo in...

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How To Cope With Infertility: The Ugly Words We Need To Address

Many people have been affected by infertility or know someone who has, but struggling to conceive can be a very private issue that leaves you feeling depressed, ashamed, hopeless, or guilty. If you and a partner are going through this journey together, infertility can throw a wrench into your relationship, making it difficult for both of you to talk about how you feel. In many ways, coping with infertility can feel like mourning. You may have tried many fertility treatments without success or received news that you or your partner have a condition that makes conceiving difficult or impossible. As you deal with disappointing moments and grieve what you have lost, honestly acknowledging your feelings and find support are essential for facilitating your healing. Struggling with infertility?...

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Birth Trauma: What No One Talks About After Having a Baby

Many people understand and expect women to have to heal and recover physically after having a baby. While women are strong and resilient individuals, your body undergoes many changes and challenges over the course of pregnancy, and labor and delivery can be very painful and leave you with scars or even bodily injuries. However, for many women, the damage from labor can also be emotional and lead to birth trauma.   Birth trauma is a term used for women who experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after giving birth. It is a real, diagnosable condition that can cause women to feel anxious or hypervigilant, often reliving memories from labor or frequently experiencing nightmares.   If you’d describe your birth experience as traumatic, you’re not alone. As many as 45%...

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Practical Uses and Applications for Mindfulness

The era of COVID 19 has introduced a plethora of lifestyle changes, some forced and unintentional and others that have slowly become more intentional with time. May of these changes combined with the uncertainty of the time has caused a sharp increase in the struggle with stress, anxiety, feelings of loneliness, and difficult emotions. For many, our lives have revolved around COVID 19 and attempting to gain control in ending it and finding normalcy within all the chaos. With so many of us continuing to spend increased time inside our houses and apartments, there have been limited outlets for processing. While certain exceptions of stay at home orders included grocery runs, picking up medication and necessary visits to the doctor’s office, escape has been few and...

Easily Overlooked Activities That Boost Your Mental Health

Easily Overlooked Activities That Boost Your Mental Health

What’s that one thing you are looking forward to after a busy week at work or after a long stressful day? It may be having a hot shower or a long bubble bath, while some may choose to nestle in the bed with their favorite show on Netflix. These wind down activities help you and your body rest, relax and calm down. All these activities are centered around getting a break from the constant stimulation of the day and boost your mental health. Breaks in stimulation as extremely important. There’s no need for some fancy vacations or gadgets. All you need is some time from your schedule and engage in activities that offer your inner peace. Activities that offer a break in stimulation but engage your...

7 Reasons Why You Should See A Mental Health Specialist

7 Reasons Why You Should See a Mental Health Specialist

Are you asking yourself whether you should visit to your mental health specialist? Then chances are you are facing some kind of discomfort or symptoms that isn’t allowing you to live your regular life or interfering with your inner peace. The decision to see a mental health specialist can often feel like a big step as opening up to a stranger can feel scary and invasive, but recognition of the problem is the first step. Mental health issues come in different forms. Some may experience anxiety disorders, depression, while some may fall victim to obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders. Seeking help but aren't sure where to start? Get in touch with us! The severity and type of these symptoms can vary from person to person. Here we discuss...